Official Arsenal team and preview for Olympiacos

The Arsenal manager has tried to play a few mind games with our opponents in the final Champions League group game tonight, playing on the fact that is the home side Olympiacos that has everything to lose as they go into the game in second place and knowing that they just need to get over the line.

The flip side of that, of course, is that Arsene Wenger wants his team to be able to play with freedom as we have everything to gain and most people expect us to come up short and drop into the Europa League. To really make this ploy work, it would be great for the Gunners to get the opening goal and to get it nice and early.

So as expected the boss has put the pace, movement and finishing of Theo Walcott back in the starting line up and also kept the presence and power of Olivier Giroud. We might even see them play as a front two if things get desperate but I assume it will be the usual 4-3-3 to start with. Joel Campbell gets the nod ahead of the Ox for the other forward position.

Cech
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Ramsey, Flamini
Walcott, Ozil, Campbell
Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers, Iwobi.

There is not much else to say other than that Arsenal need to be somewhere near our best tonight. Can we do it? Course we can. COYG!

Tags Campbell Walcott

83 Comments

  1. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Wenger is going for it … alright!

    Good luck boy’s. … you can do it!

  2. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Any win apart from 1 nil or 2-1 is good for us so go get it lads!

  3. Mallu_Gooner says:

    MAY THE FORCE BE WITH US

  4. muffdiver says:

    would have kept giroud as sub an brought on for theo later on
    we need bellerin and flamini to turn up badly today
    well everyone

    im nervous

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Hahaha ????

      What do you reckon now?
      ???

  5. RSH says:

    I like the attacking part of lineup. Still hoping Mertesacker doesnt get exposed. Walcott has a good scoring record though. C’mon Arsenal!

    1. galaxygooner says:

      All those arsenal all those arsenal fan who have been slagging Joel Campbell while regarding players wilshere as close to world class can eat their humble pie.
      The guys has barely had Kick in an arsenal shirt but is already closing on wilshere and ox in goals scored and assist. He is also of the same age group

  6. Uzi Ozil says:

    Let’s do this boys!

  7. NY_Gunner says:

    *****WE GOT THIS, COYG*****

  8. Koss the Boss says:

    Its here!!! Its the biggest game of our season so far and nothing less than a target of 3goals and keeping it tight at the back. We are not really backed by anyone so lets prove them wrong and i like the starting line up v much. Flamini stick to ur job and i think well be ok.

    COYG

  9. ahappygunner says:

    Will settle for 5-1 tonight COYG – hate BT sport last night 3 Utd ex stars and 1 ex commentating – tonight 1 gunner – 1 Liverpool – 1 Utd

    sort out the northern bias BS BT

  10. juhislihis says:

    It doesn’t even matter if we concede once or twice today, we absolutely need to score at least three! COYG!!!

    1. Koss the Boss says:

      Easier if we dont concede tbh!!

  11. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    Yeah we got this! COYG!

  12. muffdiver says:

    were not tracking back, flamini an ramsey are gonna have to help.
    merts being targeted

  13. Greg says:

    Come on gunners! We can do this keep the faith! Coyg!

  14. muffdiver says:

    bloody hell what an atmosphere
    scary stuff

    full backs look shaky- need protection!

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Hahaha ???
      Of course its scary! ?
      That’s because you’re used to the library ?
      It feels like war, in these kind of countries!

  15. ras911 says:

    We are getting so pressured

  16. jackieboy says:

    Walcott and Campbell need to track back, their wingers are having a field day.

  17. ras911 says:

    what a beautyyyy

  18. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    Yeeeeeeeesssssss!!!!

  19. Greg says:

    Our assist king ozil had a hand in the goal with a nice pass to release rambo!

    1. ahappygunner says:

      It was sublime pass to Ramsey

  20. Sack-Wenger says:

    Winning 1-0 we can do this guys

  21. juhislihis says:

    Damn, Ramsey is so close to get a red. I don’t actually like this, we look so vulnerable at the back.

    We need at least 2 more!!

  22. Koss the Boss says:

    Should be 2-0 up here. Flaminis deflected shot was going in then rattled off the bar! Think we can grab a 2nd here but cant just sit back we need the 3rd to guarntee qualification to the last 16

  23. muffdiver says:

    we need 2 – i see them getting a goal
    ramsey looking possible for a red

    ozil needs to see more of the ball

    we only have ox as another option going forward lol

  24. Roe-hahn says:

    Another goal and we are there..2-0 and we qualify..COYG !!!

  25. Uzi Ozil says:

    After 1st half: Flamini hit the wood work, Giroud scores and Walcott should have buried that chance…

    Anyway, hoping for a better 2nd half. Delighted we got one. They will come out and that could work in our favour. Maybe we might see OX in this game.

    Anyway, Arsenal’ We can do this

  26. juhislihis says:

    TEHRE!!!!!1

  27. ras911 says:

    GOALLLL GOALL GOALL GIROUUUDDDD

  28. Roe-hahn says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!!!!!!!!

  29. Greg says:

    Yessss!!!! 2-0 gunners!!!!!

  30. sam-afc says:

    Yesssssssss

  31. juhislihis says:

    Get a third one now to make it certain!!

  32. sam-afc says:

    It’s gone quiet in Greece now!!!

    1. Sack-Wenger says:

      Hey soon chairs will start flying

  33. Sack-Wenger says:

    Nice Gunners keep it going.

    Flamini or Ramsey must just sit back now

  34. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    We can with the CL 😀

  35. Greg says:

    Giroud on a double hope he gets a hattrick! COYG!!!

  36. The Dom04 says:

    ONLY CAMPBELL’S PASS COULD MAKE ME COMMENT ON THIS SITE AFTER SO MANY YEARS!

  37. Greg says:

    Lets get a third goal for good measure!!!! Coyg!

  38. muffdiver says:

    1 more goal for arsenal and they need 3

    1 MORE GOAL- ONE MORE COME ON!

  39. Sack-Wenger says:

    Noooooo so close

  40. Ronny331 says:

    Stick or twist nervy time now. Can the full backs and flamini stay concentrated? Theo would struggle to finish his dinner!

  41. Demwan Jones says:

    Yess, coyg

  42. Sack-Wenger says:

    Lucky to still be up by 2, who saved us there?

  43. Sack-Wenger says:

    We must not sit too deep, I think some fresh legs will be needed soon

  44. Sack-Wenger says:

    Penalty yes yes yes

  45. Sack-Wenger says:

    OG first hatrick for Arsenal

  46. Abu says:

    Campbell is hvn a good game today.

  47. ras911 says:

    I called the Giroud hat trick!!! hahahaah

    1. muffdiver says:

      yes u did and someone else

      u wizard you!

  48. Sack-Wenger says:

    Top play OG, top game 10 performance right there

  49. juhislihis says:

    AHAHHHHHHHHH

  50. seaneverdries says:

    Up Gunners!!!

  51. The Dom04 says:

    Winter seems to have come quite early in Greece……I think it’s time to chill.

  52. Greg says:

    3-0 gunners!!! We are in overdrive!!!! Coyg!

  53. gunnerman8701 says:

    OG first CL Hatrick. Arsene got his selection and tactics right.

  54. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    That’s it done, Greeks now need 3 to win

  55. Ks-Gunner says:

    Cong Giroud. His first hattrick at Arsenal.

  56. Greg says:

    Well done oliver giroud hattrick! Coyg!

  57. Davros says:

    This is our greatest comeback in our history

    Needing to beat Bayern, Zagreb and Olympiakos by two goals

    Tonight Giroud is our Lewandowski lol

    COYG

  58. ahappygunner says:

    Silence in Greece tonight – oh yes – now I can laugh at my Utd mates at work in the morning

  59. Sack-Wenger says:

    Think Campbell has earned his place with some decent performances, hope he continues to improve.

    The fight will be good for ox as well.

  60. galaxygooner says:

    I do not get that substitution. Wenger is inviting pressure. Now the have an extra man in the midfield due to the subbing of theo

  61. Sack-Wenger says:

    Kos has been superb tonight as well, if OG didn’t get hatrick Kos would be MOTM

  62. galaxygooner says:

    Man of the match
    Ozil
    Montreal
    Campbell.
    They simply served everything on a plate for giroud

    1. Sack-Wenger says:

      OG still had to finish, he took his chances.
      I am his biggest critic, but 3 goals, some good hold up and passing he deserves it.

      Followed by Kos, Campbell and Ozil for me

  63. fullmetalalc says:

    Campbell, Giroud and Ozil excellent performances. Similar from the defense, really solid display from the team! Really happy! COYG

    1. muffdiver says:

      per and kos-looked solid!

  64. gunnerman8701 says:

    Campbell is been very good tonight. Big up for the courage to take advantage of the absence of key players. Monreal is really a player we just don’t praise enough. Dude is very good at his job.

  65. Davros says:

    Giroud definitely gets MOTM

    But big shout out to Cech, Campbell, our defense
    Everyone really

    I’m sooo happy
    No Europa League with Man U lol

    1. muffdiver says:

      we gooners keep our thursday free for other exploits-

  66. Sack-Wenger says:

    I called for us to give up on Europe, glad I was wrong.
    Perfect timing for our December fixtures.

    Enjoy tomorrow guys, don’t forget to wear your Arsenal shirts.

    1. sanmi.marvellous says:

      I fancy Manchester United in next round

  67. Sack-Wenger says:

    Who do you guys fancy in next round?

  68. sanmi.marvellous says:

    I don’t want yo comment now until I am 200% sure that. I am not dreaming.

    Please pals, dont wake me up if I am truly dreaming.

  69. Ronny331 says:

    Im wearing a onezy with my lucky blue arsenal t shirt over the top. Ita working again! Banished my red one ita unlucky

  70. Ks-Gunner says:

    Srry, Chamberlain, get used to your new role in the team.

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      2nded!!

  71. galaxygooner says:

    Man of the match
    Joel Campbell.
    Keep improving and putting in a shift even though it is not his preferred position

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